AU expresses solidarity with Palestine as violence escalates in Gaza

12 May 2021, 3:34 PM
The African Union (AU) has expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people over violence in the Middle East.
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EU condemns Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, calls for de-escalation 11 May 2021, 9:27 AM

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Myanmar reporters, activists arrested in Thailand 11 May 2021, 8:19 AM

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COVID
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COVID
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